Are You Reaping the Benefits of Squats?
Posted: September 4, 2015
You’ve seen this guy at the gym. He’s parading around in a cut-off shirt, showing off his huge arms, neck, and chest. But he has pitifully skinny legs. That’s because he — like a lot of men — spends too much time working out his upper body to the detriment of his lower half.
In some ways, leg exercises are harder than upper body work, making them easy to skip when you’re pressed for time or unmotivated. But the body desperately needs a comprehensive workout, and for everything from the waist down, there is no better exercise than the squat.
Squats work all of your lower body joints (hips, knees, ankles) while using many of your largest muscle groups (glutes, hamstrings, quads) to increase joint flexibility and tone and strengthen the legs. It takes a lot of energy to accomplish this, so squats also help with fat burning, weight loss, and metabolism. And because core abdominal and back muscles are engaged, to regulate balance during the movement, squats can also contribute to a tighter, flatter abdomen.
The squat motion is one that your body uses in everyday life — like when you pick up something, especially when it’s heavy. If you consistently incorporate squats into your exercise routine, you’ll be thankful for the strength, flexibility, and coordination you have to get the job done.
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